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Man found shot in minivan after crash in Longmont believed to have been robbed beforehand

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Posted at 5:45 AM, Jun 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-06 18:43:49-04

LONGMONT, Colo. — A man was found shot in a vehicle after a crash in Longmont early Wednesday and police believe the crash is connected to reports of shots fired near Collyer Park.

The shots were reported around 2:38 a.m. at 6th Avenue and Collyer Street near the park, according to Commander Joel Post with the Longmont Police Department.  

"Within a minute or two of that call there was a crash reported at 6th and Lashley Street. Officers found one person in the vehicle with gunshot wounds," Post told Denver7.

The victim is an adult man who was transported to a Longmont hospital then transferred to a hospital in Denver. The extent of his injuries was not known. 

"The victim told officers that he had been shot while in the area of 6th Avenue and Collyer Street," Post said.

By Wednesday afternoon, police said they believe the unidentified victim was in the car when he was approached by a person or persons. As he drove away, the suspect(s) tried to rob him, then shot him two times. 

The suspect then drove to the area of 19th Ave. and Main Street in a blue or teal small SUV with a light-colored cargo box atop it. 

Police said the victim is alive but his condition is unknown as of Wednesday afternoon.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Longmont's dispatch center at 303-651-8501.